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Rising [SHM-CD, Import]

Rainbow, Blackmore's Rainbow Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SHM-CD, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B005S1Y4XU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rock Masterpiece 22 Feb 2004
By Peestie
Format:Audio CD
I can't praise this album enough. Certainly one of the top Hard Rock records ever, just for "Stargazer" and "A Light In The Black". Along with Long Live Rock 'n' Roll this is Ritchie Blackmore at his best. Never before or since has he given us music as good as that on "Rising". He seems positivly inspired. Without Ronnie James Dio however this album would not have come to pass. Ronnie sounds at his very best on this album and his Dungeons and Dragons lyrics are just perfect. This pairing is backed up by the powerful drumming of Cozy Powell, the best rock/metal drummer ever. If you listen to Stargazer you will see what I mean. Jimmy Bain on bass is excellent as well. Why Blackmore chose to replace him for LLRNR is a mystery. Now onto the songs.
Tarot Woman - The atmospheric keyboard solo at the start opens up into a massive hard rock track that pulls you into Dio's world of wizards and wolves. Second worst song on the album, and still a force to be reckoned with. It just shows you how good the musical talent is if this is one of the worst songs.
Run With The Wolf - the fantasy theme on this song is similar to the kind of stuff Dio would use through his whole career. Excellent riff, Magnificent drums and Wonderful bass, and still not even the best song on the album.
Starstruck - The catchiest song on the album about an obsessed fan. The best song from the first half of the album. There is fantastic energy from all of the band members that just wants to make you sing and play along.
Do You Close Your Eyes? - The worst song on the album. To me it just doesn't fit in with the rest of the music on the album. I think it would have been better off on LLRNR. A great song, but it just seems out of place.
Stargazer - Simply put, the best song ever.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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Unquestionably Rainbow's best album. RISING from 1976 was the peak which - at least for this listener - Ritchie Blackmore's band would never quite reach again. With Ronnie Dio on vocals and the thunderous drumming of Cozy Powell, Rainbow created a hard-rocking beast of an LP containing six tracks of focused quality. 'Tarot Woman', 'Run With The Wolf' and, of course, 'Stargazer' are worth their weight in gold, and I don't know about you, but when Dio exclaims "I see a rainbow rising..!" towards the end of 'Stargazer', for me it is one of those genuinely spine-tingling moments in rock music, along with, say, the tranquil opening chords of 'Stairway To Heaven'. So, this is clearly a fantastic album. But does it deserve Universal's Deluxe Edition treatment?

Well, the new remaster here is considerably beefy, with bags of bottom end to the sound (just listen to the bass-drumming on 'A Light In The Black'), so in that respect it is a considerable improvement upon the 1999 re-release. However, in terms of extras the set is rather lacking. The inclusion of the RISING album's alternative 'Los Angeles Mix' is in the end not all that different from the 'New York Mix' that was eventually released on vinyl, although on 'Stargazer' especially I detected a little more prominence to Jimmy Bain's bass guitar, while Ronnie Dio's voice throughout the L.A. mix seems a little more forward. But on the whole, you'll probably find yourself sticking with the familiar mix we all know and love. As for the "rough mixes" on disc two, well, I 've never been all that enamoured with hearing these sorts of things, so once again, you too may find yourself listening to them once or twice and forgetting about them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
"Rising" is easily the best Rainbow album of the lot. Everyone can talk about Blackmore's undoubted ability as one of the greatest rock guitarists, up there with Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi and Randy Rhoads,but the real foce in this band was undoubtedly Ronnie James Dio with his extraordinary power and range demonstrated at it's best on tracks such "A Light In The Black" and "Tarot Woman". But the evident highlight on this album is the epic "Stargazer" with Ritchie at his soloing best, Powell pounding through this classic like a man possessed and shorty screaming as if life depended on it. Rainbow "Rising" is six tracks of classics never again to be matched by post Dio lineups. Despite the hit singles with Bonnet and Turner, every true Rainbow fan knows the power this mark 2 lineup had and if there ever is a reunion of Rainbow this (with the exception of Powell RIP) cxan be the only lineup Rainbow want to see.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic, never bettered 5 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Dickinson once said of this album "Goblins will come out of your CD player". This is THE definitive fantasy concept rock album, a truly sensual experience lifting the listener higher and higher as Blackmore, Dio, Carey, Bain and Powell bond with an indescribable chemistry and produce one of the true all time classics.
Stargazer deserves the plaudits as a triumph yet the rest of the album screams quality too. Tarot Woman creates a wonderful atmosphere - play this in a darkened room and let it play with your senses! Run With The Wolf and Starstruck carry the fantasy elements on while Do You Close Your Eyes is a good straight rocker (mindblowingly good set closer on the Live In Germany 76 CD) before Stargazer and Light In The Black pull the senses back into the fantasy world this album has created.
Everything about this album is flawless - writing, musicianship and performance. Forget the mindless mediocrity churned out by the factory created media machine and let the quality of this classic shine through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by lance robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars A couple of great tracks on here
There are a couple of great tracks on here. I love Run With The Wolf and Stargazer.
Published 5 days ago by nanaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thankyou for fabulous service. Classic album.!
Published 6 days ago by Wayne M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was expecting more
Published 22 days ago by S. Sim
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Published 1 month ago by Virgilijus
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock albums of all time World class performances from...
One of the best rock albums of all time

World class performances from all, especially Blackmore and the late great god Ronnie Dio
Published 2 months ago by Ben Redford
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow re-mastered and this cd is a must for every fan with some...
THIS A MUST TO HAVE , Rainbow re-mastered and this cd is a must for every fan with some great extra tracks .
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Robert Lismore
5.0 out of 5 stars The masterpiece
If there's only one record that you have to possess at any cost ,even on an deserted island on the edge of the world. It's this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marc MANCHAJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant album
Brings back my headbanging teenage years in a heartbeat. Brilliant singing from Ronnie and the music's just awesome. Thank you!
Published 4 months ago by Diane Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow Rising
i bought this c d because I have Always been a big fan of Rainbow this a classic album, with all there music and songs
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Hughes
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